The Denver Broncos were selected as the 2022 Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year by ESPN, after a third nomination in a row.
In a news release, Broncos vice president of community development Allie Engelken remarked, “It’s a wonderful accomplishment to merely be selected as a finalist and an extraordinary pleasure to be named the winner of ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award.”
“This award is the result of our community’s urgent needs being met while also strengthening our dedication to the long-term strategic programming we have in place. During the 2020–21 seasons, we had the good fortune to complete a number of very noteworthy accomplishments, and we intend to build on that going forward.”
The San Francisco 49ers received the honor in 2017, making the Broncos the second NFL franchise to do so. Denver, one of three organizations to be selected a finalist three or more times, came up short against the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA in 2021 and the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball in 2020. Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Seattle Storm were other teams who were in the running for the prize.